God's Symphony

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. – 1 Corinthians 12:18-20

I used to love the joke for this verse when I was younger. When asked “Which body part are you?” the reply would be: “I’m the lungs!” to which the answer was always: “Well, I’m the spleen!” But as a clergy kid, I would often find this was a particularly tricky question to answer; each part had its own benefit or need. While some people are able to lead worship at church, others would make scones so delicious I would wish I had the ability to bake instead of run youth group games!

The temptation perhaps is wishing to be, or thinking you can be, every part of the body all at once, especially if you’re from a clergy family! But as this verse reminds me, everyone has a unique place by design which should be nourished - including the abilities (and limitations!) of clergy family members.

When I spoke at a clergy wives’ conference last year, I was reminded again how grateful I am that God has placed so many wonderfully diverse people in ministry, each with their own skills and passions. Such a witness to His creativity and love!             

And I find that when I stop trying to be a spleen and the lungs, I love this diversity and seeing people enjoy who God made them to be. It reminds me that life is more than just getting things done.

Not every need can be filled by one person. Maybe that’s ok. Perhaps some ministries need to reach their natural end or some commitments can be put aside to be taken up by other people, in God’s time. Much like this month’s video, it might mean we’re able to celebrate being the people God made us to be in His wonderful symphony. Maybe as part of a clergy family, you can just be the spleen – or the drums, and that is a beautiful thing!

~ Rachel

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